Architect Phyllis Kwesiga looked at 27 buildings and facilities in the city and found that PWDs had trouble accessing these structures.
The report, Assessment of Kampala's state on Physical Accessibility, found that most structures in the central business district had "narrow stairs, poorly designed ramps, inadequate lighting inside the buildings, slippery ceramic tiles and no signage. Those that had lifts did not have speaking assistants in them to assist the blind."
Some of the street pavements are also inaccessible to wheelchair-bound road users. The report was presented to members of the Uganda National Action on Physical Disability (UNAPD) at Grand Imperial hotel in Kampala last week.
The UNAPD executive pledged to use it to pressure Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to ensure that property developers and constructors adhere to international best practices in building accessible structures. Notable among these practices are regulations Part IV of the PWDs Act 2006, the National Policy on Disability 2006 and Article 9 of the UN Convention on the Rights of PWDs (2008), which was ratified by Uganda.
Kwesiga explained that builders could make adjustments to buildings to support PWDs, like lowering buttons on lifts, establishing tactile markings with contracted colours to support the blind, installing iron bars in toilets to support those with physical disability and avoiding slippery ceramic tiles.
"People should know that this can be done within a short period of time to make all facilities accessible not only to PWDs, but all people in the country," she said.
Kwesiga's team was reportedly barred from Kampala Central police station (CPS), New Vision, Buganda road primary school, Stanbic bank main branch, Mulago hospital and the KCCA toilets near the Constitution Square.
But they visited places such as the new Wandegeya and Nakasero markets, Namirembe and Lubaga cathedrals, the Makerere University main Library, Parliament, and the Old Kampala and Kibuli mosques, among others.
Even at the venue where the report was presented, PWDs had to struggle to access the main hall.
"This temporary ramp is only put when they know we are having some meetings at the premises yet space where a ramp can be constructed is available," Hellen Asamo, MP representing PWDs in eastern Uganda said, after struggling with her two helping sticks to enter the Grand Imperial hotel.
Kwesiga said they were waiting for the hotel manager to report to his office and discuss the matter with him but by the time the workshop ended, there was still no word from management. UNAPD Chair Arthur Blick Sr said although Uganda had a disability-friendly legal framework which guaranteed the rights of PWDs, implementation was wanting.
"This contributes a lot towards unemployment, injustice, discrimination, low levels of literacy, exclusion, isolation, inadequate involvement in community activities by PWDs," Blick said